Bears sign veteran to boost offensive line
LAKE FOREST – The Bears signed former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a short-handed unit.
The Bears announced the signing Tuesday, a day after right guard Lance Louis was placed on injured reserve. Louis suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Sunday’s win against Minnesota on a blindside hit by the Vikings’ Jared Allen and will miss the rest of the season.
Left guard Chris Spencer also left the game with a knee injury. He had moved into the lineup after Chilo Rachal left the team.
The 33-year-old, 6-foot-4, 318-pound Gurode, made five starts at left guard and appeared in 13 games for Baltimore last season after playing with Dallas from 2002 to 2010. A five-time Pro Bowl pick, he has started at both guard and center in his career.
Besides signing Gurode, the Bears also waived defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, signed offensive lineman Derek Dennis and receiver Dale Moss to the practice squad, and terminated the practice squad contracts of receiver Raymond Radway and guard Chris Riley.
Okoye, the 10th overall pick by the Texans in 2007, played for the Bears last season and had four sacks. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Tampa Bay during the offseason, had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and reached an injury settlement.
The Bears brought him back in early September, signing him to a one-year contract, and he had one sack in six games.